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Iraqi hospitals overburdened

16th April 2007

Iraqi hospitals are stretched to the limit and the general suffering of the nation's civilians is intensifying, a leading humanitarian group has said.

Malnutrition is on the rise, and power outages are becoming increasingly common, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

ICRC director of operations Pierre Kraehenbuehl told reporters there was no indication yet that the clampdown in Baghdad, launched in February by Iraqi and US-led coalition forces, was improving the situation of civilians.



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